The NL Central was a three-team struggle with the Cardinals right in the middle of it all. Things project to be similar in 2020, but one of the trio of pennant contenders could change. St. Louis seems to always produce talent. There core hitters will change little heading into the new season. They have a strong balance at both corner infield positions a short stop that hits for power. Outfield appears to be the weakest link in their hitting.

The trio of projected everyday outfielders is slated to hit after one another at the bottom of the Cardinals order. One of the Cardinals biggest assets during their consistent run as a playoff contender has been strong pitching. St. Louis really didn't miss a beat in 2019, finishing with the fifth best ERA in baseball. However, there are some indications that they could have a more difficult time duplicating that feat in 2020. Any loss in that area could put more numbers in the Cardinals loss column than expected.

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Cardinals Starting Lineup

K. Kim , (L), P
1. D. Carlson , (S), RF
2. P. Goldschmidt , (R), DH
3. N. Arenado , (R), 3B
4. T. O'Neill , (R), LF
5. Y. Molina , (R), C
6. H. Bader , (R), CF
7. T. Edman , (S), 2B
8. M. Carpenter , (L), 1B
9. P. DeJong , (R), SS
Pos Pitcher
P Kwang-Hyun Kim K. Kim (L)
Pos Pitcher Rating GS Record IP Batters Faced Hits Runs ER HR Allowed BB SO K% BB% WHIP BABIP
P Kwang-Hyun Kim K. Kim (L)
80
18 6-6 29 364 76 35 32 10 29 67 .620% .080% 1.21 .261
Pos Hitter Rating Order G PA Hits 1B 2B 3B HR RBI Runs SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
RF Dylan Carlson D. Carlson (S)
64
1 100 426 95 60 21 3 11 43 52 0 0 .255 .338 .417 .755
DH Paul Goldschmidt P. Goldschmidt (R)
93
2 100 429 104 69 17 1 17 55 54 6 0 .269 .338 .450 .788
3B Nolan Arenado N. Arenado (R)
73
3 99 415 99 50 27 2 20 61 49 1 0 .261 .318 .501 .819
LF Tyler O'Neill T. O'Neill (R)
65
4 80 304 74 40 17 0 17 40 42 8 4 .266 .322 .511 .833
C Yadier Molina Y. Molina (R)
68
5 77 300 70 48 14 0 8 42 28 2 0 .250 .293 .386 .679
CF Harrison Bader H. Bader (R)
81
6 43 167 44 26 9 0 9 25 20 6 2 .293 .359 .533 .893
2B Tommy Edman T. Edman (S)
71
7 100 430 103 71 23 3 6 28 51 17 4 .256 .301 .373 .674
1B Matt Carpenter M. Carpenter (L)
69
8 88 185 29 17 8 1 3 20 13 1 0 .186 .308 .308 .616
SS Paul DeJong P. DeJong (R)
70
9 73 275 50 31 5 0 14 33 34 3 0 .206 .298 .399 .697

Most Common Cardinals Lineups

6 Games Game
1. Dylan Carlson
2. Paul Goldschmidt
3. Nolan Arenado
4. Tyler O'Neill
5. Yadier Molina
6. Paul DeJong
7. Tommy Edman
8. Harrison Bader
5 Games Game
1. Tommy Edman
2. Dylan Carlson
3. Paul Goldschmidt
4. Nolan Arenado
5. Paul DeJong
6. Tyler O'Neill
7. Harrison Bader
8. Andrew Knizner
9. Tyler Heineman
5 Games Game
1. Tommy Edman
2. Dylan Carlson
3. Paul Goldschmidt
4. Nolan Arenado
5. Paul DeJong
6. Tyler O'Neill
7. Justin Williams
8. Andrew Knizner
9. Tyler Heineman
5 Games Game
1. Tommy Edman
2. Dylan Carlson
3. Paul Goldschmidt
4. Nolan Arenado
5. Yadier Molina
6. Paul DeJong
7. Matt Carpenter
8. Justin Williams
9. Tyler Heineman
4 Games Game
1. Dylan Carlson
2. Paul Goldschmidt
3. Nolan Arenado
4. Tyler O'Neill
5. Matt Carpenter
6. Yadier Molina
7. Tommy Edman
8. Edmundo Sosa
4 Games Game
1. Tommy Edman
2. Dylan Carlson
3. Paul Goldschmidt
4. Nolan Arenado
5. Tyler O'Neill
6. Yadier Molina
7. Paul DeJong
8. Edmundo Sosa

2021 Recent Cardinals Lineups

Game Score Starting Pitcher 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
7/27 @ CLE W 4-2 Cal Quantrill C. Quantrill (R), 0 IP, 0 SO, 0 ER, ND Dylan Carlson D. Carlson Paul Goldschmidt P. Goldschmidt Nolan Arenado N. Arenado Tyler O'Neill T. O'Neill Yadier Molina Y. Molina Tommy Edman T. Edman Harrison Bader H. Bader Matt Carpenter M. Carpenter Paul DeJong P. DeJong
7/25 @ CIN W 10-6 Sonny Gray S. Gray (R), 0 IP, 0 SO, 0 ER, ND Dylan Carlson D. Carlson Paul Goldschmidt P. Goldschmidt Nolan Arenado N. Arenado Tyler O'Neill T. O'Neill Paul DeJong P. DeJong Tommy Edman T. Edman Harrison Bader H. Bader Andrew Knizner A. Knizner
7/24 @ CIN L 3-5 Luis Castillo L. Castillo (R), 0 IP, 0 SO, 0 ER, ND Dylan Carlson D. Carlson Paul Goldschmidt P. Goldschmidt Nolan Arenado N. Arenado Tyler O'Neill T. O'Neill Paul DeJong P. DeJong Tommy Edman T. Edman Harrison Bader H. Bader Andrew Knizner A. Knizner
7/23 @ CIN L 5-6 Tyler Mahle T. Mahle (R), 0 IP, 0 SO, 0 ER, ND Dylan Carlson D. Carlson Paul Goldschmidt P. Goldschmidt Nolan Arenado N. Arenado Tyler O'Neill T. O'Neill Paul DeJong P. DeJong Harrison Bader H. Bader Tommy Edman T. Edman Andrew Knizner A. Knizner
7/22 vs CHC W 3-2 Kwang-Hyun Kim K. Kim (L), 0 IP, 0 SO, 0 ER, ND Dylan Carlson D. Carlson Paul Goldschmidt P. Goldschmidt Nolan Arenado N. Arenado Tyler O'Neill T. O'Neill Yadier Molina Y. Molina Tommy Edman T. Edman Harrison Bader H. Bader Edmundo Sosa E. Sosa

St. Louis Cardinals FAQ

The Cardinals may not have the most flashy starting lineup out there, but they have a group of names that will push them to a potential spot in the playoffs. The top of the lineup might go through some changes this season as they don't have that consistent leadoff man. Dexter Fowler has struggled, and Matt Carpenter's game has fallen off over the last two seasons. Kolten Wong and Tommy Edman are names that could work their way into the leadoff or two-spot. Paul DeJong and Paul Goldschmidt are the two power bats in the middle of the order. Goldy, of course, is also one of the better contact bats and is going to be the RBI machine. Now the back half of the lineup is a little weak. Yadier Molina isn't the same bat he once was, and the outfield isn't quite as potent either.

Who Will DH For The Cardinals?

Matt Carpenter is getting up in age, and we often see them move to the DH in the American League. That will be the case in 2020, where Carpenter can serve as the DH. He has struggled at the plate over the last two seasons.

Where Does Paul Goldschmidt Bat?

Paul Goldschmidt hits third in the order. He has been one of the more consistent hitters in the game and landed in St. Louis after a trade from the Diamondbacks. He is the Cardinals everyday first baseman.

Who Will Leadoff For The Cardinals In 2020?

The leadoff spot has been a mystery in St. Louis as they have used names like Matt Carpenter, Kolten Wong, and Dexter Fowler. Given the struggles of all three, they will likely ride the hot bat or test out different names.

What Is The Best Cardinals Lineup Of All-Time?

The 2004 St. Louis Cardinals lost int he world series, but had four players hit over .300 and had three players have over 100 RBI and over 30 home runs. Larry Walker was also on the way out of his career and joined Pujols, Rolen, and Edmonds.

What Is The Worst Cardinals Lineup Of All-Time?

We have to go back all the way to 1903 to find the Cardinals worst lineup. They won 31% of their games, and offensively were one of the worst in the league. They had a total WAR of just 10.1.

Who Has Played The Most Games For The Cardinals?

The legend Stan Musial played from 1941 to 1963 and played over 3,000 games for the Cardinals. He has hit for a .331 average in his career and is often named the best Cardinals player to ever play.